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Peace talks in Colombia on brink of collapse

Peace talks between Colombia’s outlawed paramilitary army and the government of President Alvaro Uribe are on the brink of collapse, threatening to scupper what was previously billed as perhaps the most attainable goal of Mr Uribe’s administration. Negotiations aimed at demobilising the 20,000-strong United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC) began last year, and appeared to gain more momentum in November after about 850 fighters laid down their arms as a token gesture. But an increasingly inflexible stance from Mr Uribe – who is under US pressure to extradite several top AUC commanders on drugs-trafficking charges – and recent ructions within the AUC have combined to pull the two sides far apart. Full Story

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